Staff at a McDonalds in Banbury told Sarah Pike to leave the restaurant for injecting her insulin, believing she was injecting illegal drugs.
Mrs Pike who is 36 and a mother of two has had type 1 diabetes for 13 years and was very much taken aback by what happened, stating: “This was probably the most humiliating experience of my life and something like this has never happened to me before.”
The incident at the high street fast food chain highlights just how misunderstood type 1 diabetes can still be. Many people with type 1 diabetes need to inject 4 or more times a day, including before each meal and this invariably means needing to inject in public places serving food such as restaurants and cafes.
McDonalds have apologised for the misunderstanding but Mrs Pike feels more should be done to educate more people of what type 1 diabetes is and how it needs to treated.
The diabetes community will be somewhat perplexed by how out of touch the McDonalds staff were. Mrs Pike was using an insulin pen which is significantly different in appearance to a hypodermic syringe.
Restaurants and other public places will need to become more accustomed to injections as it is not just people with type 1 diabetes that need to regularly inject. Injections of insulin and incretin mimetics are relatively common in people with type 2 diabetes.

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